Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Two photographic poster mockups for a concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (1993), mockups circa early 1990s, one with blue marker in unknown hand, unframed.
The photographs included in these mockups were from Ari Marcopoulos' Crosby 101
(1983), a series images of Basquiat in his home at 101 Crosby St in New York.
Portion of poster reads:
Jean-Michel Basquiat Memorial Concert / Brooklyn Academy of Music 2:00PM, Sunday, January 24, 1993
With the Reverend Calvin Butts
President Obasanjo of Nigeria
Ornette Colman & Jajouka
Naughty by Nature
World Sax Quartet
Fab Five Freddy
Dame Judith Baker
Nam June Paik
William S. Burroughs
Rep. Charles Rangel
Mayor David Dinkens
New Jersey Mass Choir
Boggie Down Productions KRS-One
Ari Marcopoulos is a Dutch/American photographer and filmmaker known for his music videos and counterculture imagery of snowboarders and skaters, artists, musicians, and hip-hop culture. After moving from the Netherlands to the New York in his early 20s, he worked as a printing assistant to Andy Warhol and be became a part of the downtown New York arts scene alongside figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Marcopoulos was the go-to photographer for the Beastie Boys and shot the cover of Jay-Z's 2013 album, Magna Carta Holy Grail
. He has also produced over 200 books and limited edition zines.
Sheet size 12 3/4 x 18 3/4 in.From the Estate of the late Diego Cortez, New York and North Carolina
Diego Cortez (1946-2021), an art curator and filmmaker, was a cultural cornerstone in New York City who helped shape the art, music, and film scene from the 1970s forward. Among his incalculable list of accomplishments, Cortez is credited with launching the career of Jean-Michel Basquiat when he included him in his major 1981 exhibition New York/New Wave
Cortez (née James Curtis), was raised in Geneva, Illinois, and went on to attend Illinois State University and later the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a Master's degree. He changed his name to Diego Cortez in 1973 when moving to New York in honor of his hometown of Geneva, a Hispanic neighborhood. Early on, Cortez developed and fostered numerous connections with major figures in New York and he established himself as a key player. He worked as a studio assistant for artists Dennis Oppenheim and Vito Acconci and later directed music videos for rock bands Blondie and Talking Heads. He also wrote Private Elvis
, a photographic book about Elvis Presley's time in the army in West Germany.
Cortez cofounded the Mudd Club in 1978, a hybrid nightclub/art space in Tribeca that was frequented by celebrities, artists, and musicians. It was on the dance floor of the Mudd Club that he first met Basquiat. In 1981, Cortez curated New York/New Wave
, a major avant-garde exhibition at MoMA PS1 in Queens. It featured a new generation of artists as well as art superstars, such as Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Fab Five Freddy, Robert Maplethorpe, and others. New York/New Wave
was a turning point in the art world, as it ushered in anti-establishment art forms such as graffiti art and street art.
The transformative ideas Cortez put in motion throughout his life are threaded throughout New York City and beyond. In this collection you will see links between the Cortez as the collector, the artists and makers of these works, as well as the subjects. This selection of objects from Cortez's collection touches upon seminal connections he had throughout his monumental life and career.
Good estate condition; few minor smudges.